Grammar 7


Prepositional Phrases

Prepositions are always followed by a noun or a noun phrase. The noun which follows a preposition is called the object of the preposition.

A preposition and its object together form a prepositional phrase.

Study the following sentences. Each of these sentences contains a prepositional phrase (highlighted in yellow). Notice how each prepositional phrase starts with a preposition.

  Sentences with Prepositional Phrases
1 John wrote a paper about global warming.
2 Jane reads books above her grade level.
3 According to news reports, the criminal was arrested this morning.
4 Behind the school, the girls found an old piano.
5 I slept beneath the stars.
6 Despite the heat, Edward exercised all day.
7 For three days, I didn't eat chocolate.
8 The woman front of the orchestra is the conductor.
9 Sheila dove into the pool
10 The dog near the fence is barking.

Instructions for the Quiz

Identify the object of the preposition.

Remember: The object of the preposition is the noun or noun phrase that follows the preposition.


Don't get confused. Previous quizzes have asked you identify the preposition. This quiz is different: This quiz is asking you identify the object of the preposition.